The station’s namesake is a German engineer who worked for the Nazi rocket development program.
So you get to outer space. Then what? Where do you go? Where do you stay?
A California company is joining the race to build the first commercial space construction project with plans for a grand opening in 2022.
“You could call it a destination hotel, a low Earth orbit cruise ship, or a city in space with a spaceport. But the best way to understand this complex piece of infrastructure is to look to its namesake: The Gateway,” says the foundation website.
The Von Braun station is named for Wernher von Braun, a German aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology — for the Nazi rocket development program — before working on the United States’s Apollo space program. Despite the controversial history, his designs from more than half a century ago are the inspiration for the hotel, Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation told CNN Travel, although with modern materials and technology.
Of course, first you’ll have to get there — via a 24-hour trip. For that, the company is also planning to build the Voyager Class Station, a terminal for spacecraft that will also house employees, scientists and tourists. It’s not going to be cheap, but the company is ambitious, hoping to sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450 at the cost of “a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland.”
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